Thiago bids emotional farewell to Bayern



Thiago Alcantara says agreeing to leave Champions League winners Bayern Munich for English champions Liverpool was the most difficult decision of his career.
Thiago is due to undergo a medical later on Friday before sealing a move that will reportedly cost Liverpool an initial fee of £20 million ($26 million), with a further £5 million to follow in add-ons.
The 29-year-old Spain international is believed to have agreed a four-year deal with Liverpool.
He had been at Bayern since 2013 but with a year left on his contract he had stalled over signing an extension.
Thiago enjoyed a trophy-filled stay in Germany and was Bayern’s most influential player in their Champions League final victory over Paris Saint Germain last month.
In a message posted on Twitter, he said leaving Bayern had been a gut-wrenching decision.
‘I have made the most difficult decision of my sports career,’ Thiago wrote.
‘I will close this chapter on this wonderful club where I have grown as a player for seven years. Triumphs, joy and also hard times.
‘But what I am most proud of is that I arrived in Munich as a young man filled with dreams and now I will leave completely fulfilled with a club, a history and a culture.—APP


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